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COVID-19 Update #3

                                                                                                               Sunday, April 26, 2020

Dear members and partners,

Alberta Amateur Speed Skating Association (AASSA) and its Board of Directors continues to monitor the ever-evolving situation with the COVID-19 pandemic. The health and safety of everyone in our speed skating community is important to us.

The Government of Alberta (GoA) continues to have restrictions on mass gatherings and non-essential services. We’re committed to keep you updated on how we do business during this pandemic. This is our third update in the last six weeks.

Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Thank you to those who provided their input on a preferred time for this year’s annual general meeting (AGM). I can confirm that the 2020 AGM will be held from 0900-1200 (noon) on Saturday, May 23, 2020 from 0900-1200 (noon). We will be using the Zoom platform to host this virtual meeting. A separate AGM package will be sent to you.

In the meantime, if you’re not familiar with the Zoom platform, please visit https://zoom.us/. It’s free to sign up and resources are available to help you navigate through it.

Virtual Dryland Programming

Last week, we announced the launch two virtual dryland programs that keeps our members active:

  • T2T/Junior skaters – 3x/week (36 sessions) on Monday, Wednesday and Friday
  • L2T skaters - 1x/week (12 sessions) on Wednesday

These programs will be led by coach Tonny de Jong, Olympian and two-time European Allround Champion. During these 12 weeks, skaters will have direct virtual access to a coach and connects skaters from all over our province. Provincial and national team members will make guest appearances – be sure not to miss a session

To register, visit www.albertaspeedskating.ca. For each registration, Alberta Speed Skating will donate to the Conquer COVID-19 organization.  

Membership Fees: 2020-21 Season

Considering the current pandemic and financial strain placed on families within our speed skating community in Alberta, the Board of Directors has made the decision to freeze the 2020-21 membership fees at the same rate as the 2019-20 season.

Membership and Affiliation System (MAS)

Earlier this month, Speed Skating Canada (SSC) announced the results of the request for proposal (RFP) process to replace the current Membership and Affiliation System (MAS). SSC has entered a strategic partnership with Interpodia, a technology and online solutions provider that powers flexible, sport-specific platforms for sport organizations, clubs and events.    

Alberta Speed Skating was involved in this process as a member of the Advisory Group. We will continue to work closely with SSC as part of the Discovery and Testing Group, and have engaged members of the Calgary Grizzlies and Red Deer Central Lions speed skating clubs in this phase. We’re excited about the member servicing and growth opportunities that this new platform offers. We will assist Alberta clubs during the transition to this new MAS. For more information about Interpodia, please visit www.interpodia.com and watch this short introductory video about the company.

Thank you to our clubs, athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers and community members for your continued support.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, please stay safe.

Antonio Faiola

President / Président

Alberta Amateur Speed Skating Association (AASSA)

  

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 we are all in this together chalk

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Update: Wednesday April 1, 2020

Dear members and partners,

Alberta Amateur Speed Skating Association (AASSA) and its Board of Directors continues to monitor the ever-evolving situation with the COVID-19 pandemic. The health and safety of everyone in our speed skating community is important to us.

Since our last update, the Government of Alberta (GoA) has implemented further restrictions on mass gatherings and businesses. These restrictions will have an impact on the following AASSA sanctioned events:

  • Casino Fundraiser (April 8-9, 2020)
  • Annual General Meeting (May 22-23, 2020)
  • Canmore Camp (July 12-18, 2020)

Casino Fundraiser

On March 17th, The Government of Alberta declared a public health emergency and effective on that date, all casinos closed until further notice. As a result, the annual casino fundraiser scheduled for April 8-9 has been cancelled. We hope to receive information regarding rescheduling opportunity (if possible) of our fundraiser once casinos resume operation.

Unfortunately, we estimate that this will impact AASSA’s annual operating budget for the 2020-21 and 2021-22 fiscal year by $30,000/year.

Annual General Meeting (AGM)

The 2020 AGM was set to be held in Calgary on Saturday, May 23, 2020. This was to include a social event on the evening of Friday, May 22 and a meeting of the new AASSA Board on the morning of May 24.

We will maintain the date of May 23 for this year’s AGM however this will be an electronic meeting. Many not-for-profit organizations are going down this avenue for safety purposes. We are currently sourcing out a platform to host this electronic meeting - please stay tuned for further information.

In the meantime, we need input on a preferred time for the May 23rd electronic AGM:

  • Option 1: 0900-12noon; or
  • Option 2: 1300-16000

Please submit your preference directly to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by MT 23:59 Tuesday, April 14, 2020.

Should AASSA be unable to source out a reasonably-priced platform to host an electronic AGM, we will communicate with you accordingly.

 

Canmore Camp

As of March 25th, the Government of Alberta has implemented a public health order that restricts mass gatherings to protect Albertans’ health and limit the spread of COVID-19 (https://www.alberta.ca/restrictions-on-gatherings-and-businesses.aspx). These restrictions do not permit gatherings with more than 15 people, including conferences, workshops, social gatherings outdoors, etc. As a result, the Canmore Camp is on hold until this restriction is lifted by the Government of Alberta. We will not be taking registrations at this time, and we will provide an update at the end of April.

Next Steps

The Board took the opportunity to meet in person at the end of February to complete a high-level review of our strategic plan as the current four-year plan runs until May 2020. While we had productive discussions, and a presentation will be made for attendees at the electronic AGM given the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thank you to our clubs, athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers and community members for your continued support.

On behalf of the Board of Directors,

Antonio Faiola

President / Président

Alberta Amateur Speed Skating Association (AASSA)

  

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Click for a PDF version of the AASSA President's April 1st 2020 Update

 

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March 24, 2020

  • All end of season competitions have been cancelled including the WEM Fun Meet, the ST Youth - Canada West Championship (CanWest) and the ST and LT Canada Cups (Junior and Senior Finals)
  • The April 2020 Level 3 Referee Clinic in Calgary has been cancelled.
  • The Alberta Speed Skating Casino Fundraiser scheduled for April 8-9 is to be confirmed; the Alberta Government has closed provincial casinos, but we have not officially heard that out fundraiser date is also cancelled.
  • All Alberta Clubs have concluded the 2019-2020 season and are finishing year-end tasks, such as final membership updates, planning for equipment returns and inventory, as well as making tentative spring, summer and fall training and celebration plans.

Alberta Speed Skating is finishing off the 2019-2020 membership list and fees submissions for SSC. We are also doing post-season analysis and making tentative plans for spring, summer and fall programming, pending provincial and national recommendations. We continue to work on routine administration business remotely; if you have any questions or comments, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We are primarily guided by the direction of the Alberta Government in our local and provincial efforts. This web site also has links to various physical and mental health resources.

Click here to be redirected to the Government of Alberta's COVID-19 information

SSC has created a COVID-19 web page for national speed skating updates which are pertinent to Alberta Athletes, Coaches, Clubs and other stakeholders:

Click here to be redirected to SSC's COVID-19 web page

 

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March 13, 2020

Please find below a statement from our President, Antonio Faiola about the COVID-19 situation and our 2019-2020 season ending. If you have any questions, please direct them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Click here for a PDF of the letter.

 

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                                                                                                      Friday, March 13, 2020

Dear members and partners,

 

Alberta Amateur Speed Skating Association (AASSA) and its board of directors take the health and safety of everyone in our community very seriously. As such, we have reviewed the public health restrictions on mass gatherings as outlined by the Government of Alberta.  

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Government of Alberta has implemented restrictions on events, including that the following should be cancelled:

  • Events with more than 50 attendees that involves international participants, critical infrastructure staff, seniors, or other high-risk populations
  • Large events with more than 250 attendees, including sporting events, conferences and community events. Please not that this does not include: places of worship, grocery stores, airports or shopping centres

Events that do not meet the above criteria can proceed, but risk mitigation measures must be in place, such as providing sanitizer stations and distancing between attendees. The board of directors of AASSA asks that you abide by these government restrictions. I have attached a copy of a poster made available by the Government of Alberta for your use locally.

Although the 2019-2020 season is near its end, many of you continue to have scheduled training sessions and/or local events. We ask that you take into consideration the restrictions and mitigation measures outlined by the Government of Alberta and those outlined by your municipal government, community agencies and facilities management teams.

Speed Skating Canada has communicated several cancelled events. Further to this, the following AASSA-sanctioned events have been cancelled:

  • 18th Annual West Edmonton Mall Fun Meet (March 21, 2020)
  • AASSA Level 3 Referee Clinic (April 3-5, 2020)

Please note that the clinic is cancelled due to facilitator availability and recommendations by the Government of Alberta for those returning from travel outside of Canada after March 12 to self-isolate for a period of 14 days. Further information will be provided by the VP – Officials.

We will continue to monitor the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 coronavirus for Albertans and will respond accordingly. This information is available at: https://www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-for-albertans.aspx

Thank you to our clubs, athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers and community members for your patience and understanding.

Sincerely,

Antonio Faiola

President / Président

Alberta Amateur Speed Skating Association (AASSA)

  

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